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DRAFT NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? July 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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Apologies to Bill Crawford (who IS in The Claque) and Bill Murray (who is not) for confusing their names
Saturday 4 July 2015 - South Brent Folk Day - Evening concert with Hattie Briggs Trio, Steve Turner and The Claque

Singing, music, morris and clog dancing, afternoon Americana concert including Skylark and Appaloosas; Workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment, Hammer Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer; Appalachian Dance), throughout the day in the Old School Centre. Poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20 June.
Evening: Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with: Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. www.hattiebriggs.co.uk. Steve Turner is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. www.steve-turner.co.uk. The Claque (Dave Lowry, Sean O'Shea, Tom Addison, Barry Lister + more recently Bill Crawford - my apologies for writing 'Bill Murray' in my e-circular of 28/6/15) have four voices of depth and maturity blended to give warmth and harmony to the English tradition. Distilled from legendary groups of old, they formed as a group together in 2006 having known each other for the best part of forty years. They also combine to run the Exeter and Sidmouth folk clubs.Reel Ale Bar; Doors 7pm; tickets £10 adv by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email southbrentfolk@gmail.com), £12 door. Further details to be announced . One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

 

 

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28/6/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Sunday 28 June 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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Sunday 28 June 2015 7.45pm - Joe Topping - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Described as a cross between Ry Cooder, Woody Guthrie and Paul Brady, Joe has developed his own unique bottleneck guitar style, which he employs in many of his original songs, and has a voice that can move from velvet soft to steely and powerful. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 1 July 2015 8pm - Jurassic Jam - Dolphin Hotel, Beer EX12 3EQ (map)
Free entry. Regular session, first Weds of the month, for spectators and performers. You don't have to be an ace. Just bring your instrument along. If you know of anyone who plays, please tell them about us. We would like to get some more accordion, melodeon, violin and keyboard players. Someone will start a tune and then everyone joins in. We have loads of fun, and no one can hear if you go wrong and hit a few duff notes! See
www.jurassicfolkandjam.com for more info or call Andrew 01404 46451 or Adrian 01404 549903.

NEW Thursday 2 July 2015 8.30pm - Andy Quick - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The entertaining and personable frontman of popular local band Land of the Giants performs a session of solo material. "Warm, bluesy and brimming with soul" - BBC Introducing. £2 door. www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Friday 3 July 2015 7.30pm - A Feast of Taiko - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
Part of the 11th UK Taiko Festival. As has now become a tradition, the UK Taiko Festival will open with a Friday evening Feast of Taiko concert, featuring the amazing talent of the best youth taiko groups in the country, joined by some special guests. Details www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/a-feast-of-taiko-2.

NEW Saturday 4 July 2015 8pm - Ikari Taiko - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
Part of the 11th UK Taiko Festival. Festival headliners this year are Ikari Taiko. No fewer than 15 members of the group will be making a special trip to the UK Taiko Festival for their first ever performance in Europe. Established in Osaka in the 1980s, Ikari Taiko are not just a phenomenally exciting group to watch, they are a group with an important story. This story is told in a film to be shown at 5.30pm before the evening concert. Details www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/ikari-taiko.

Saturday 4 July 2015 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Stoke Gabriel Village Hall, School Hill, Stoke Gabriel, TQ9 6QX (map)
First concert of exciting new Devon duo, Mike Cosgrave (accordion, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, guitar). A diverse selection of beautiful music and songs, traditional and contemporary, from Britain, Europe and beyond. Tickets £8/£6 from Stoke Gabriel Post Office, www.wegottickets.com/event/319945 or on the door. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

Saturday 4 July 2015 - South Brent Folk Day - Evening concert with Hattie Briggs Trio, Steve Turner and The Claque
Singing, music, morris and clog dancing, afternoon Americana concert including Skylark and Appaloosas; Workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment, Hammer Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer; Appalachian Dance), throughout the day in the Old School Centre. Poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20 June.
Evening: Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with: Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. www.hattiebriggs.co.uk. Steve Turner is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. www.steve-turner.co.uk. The Claque (Dave Lowry, Sean O'Shea, Tom Addison, Barry Lister) have four voices of depth and maturity blended to give warmth and harmony to the English tradition. Distilled from legendary groups of old, they formed as a group together in 2006 having known each other for the best part of forty years. They also combine to run the Exeter and Sidmouth folk clubs.Reel Ale Bar; Doors 7pm; tickets £10 adv by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email southbrentfolk@gmail.com), £12 door. Further details to be announced . One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

Saturday 4 July 2015 7pm - Paddy’s Whiskers Big Barn Dance - Occombe Farm, Paignton
Family-friendly barn dance fundraiser for Cockington Green Heart Appeal. South Devon based three-piece Paddy’s Whiskers play a footstomping mix of Irish, Celtic and American traditional music in
their own contemporary style on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, border bagpipes, guitar, harmonica and percussion. There will be a couple of dance callers in the team on the night to help everybody get swinging! No experience needed! Besides live music and dancing, there will be plenty of activities for children to enjoy, including clowns, games, kids dancing, coconut shy etc. Great food and drink will be available. For more information on Paddy’s Whiskers ceilidhs and barn dances in Devon visit www.devonbarndances.co.uk or call Andrew on 07514 064558. Tickets
www.countryside-trust.org.uk/events/details/253/green-heart-appeal-barn-dance.

Saturday 4 July 2015 7.30pm - Rosa Rebecka: Travels with My Grandmothers' Guitar - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Swedish singer/songwriter, storyteller, folk performer and multi-instrumentalist Rosa Rebecka alternates her own intimate songs with heartrending Swedish pieces. This show features her hundred-year-old guitar, as heard on Radio 4, which has been passed from mother to daughter for four generations. In the concert, the story of the guitar and its owners are brought to life, as the dramatic tales of four very different women are told through songs of the past and present. £8 (£9 on the door). Tickets: 01803 394113/07880 548290. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk.

4/5 July 2015 - 11th UK Taiko Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Eleventh UK Taiko Festival is taking over the Exeter Phoenix with two exciting concerts. Taiko Beats is the Saturday lunchtime concert featuring performances by Taiko groups from all over the world. Sunday Beats is the Festival’s final concert featuring some very special guests. To find out more and to book your tickets please go to www.taikofestival.org.uk. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/taiko-beats-and-sunday-beats.

Sunday 5 July 2015 - Dulcimer Day - South Brent
Following the previous day's South Brent Folk Day (www.southbrentfolk.org.uk) which included dulcimer workshops, concert items and a dulcimer stall there will be a 'Dulcimer Day' organised jointly by South Brent Folk and the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club in memory of virtuoso Hammer Dulcimer player and teacher Ian Hay, who lived at South Brent towards the end of his life. The day will start with a South Brent Breakfast Café from 9.30-11.30am in the Old School Centre, featuring good food, good company and ….. Dulcimer music. In the afternoon from 2-4pm in The Oak pub there will be a session with the South West group of the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club. FFI contact John on 01364 73117 / email john.rawlinson@southbrent.gov.uk or Geoff Black at reeve-black_revells@msn.com.

Sunday 5 July 2015 6.30pm - Trade Winds  - Dukes Room, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Trade Winds is a long established seeding ground for poets, singer-songwriters and storytellers, new and experienced. Turn up at the start with a short performance piece to get a spot in the show. All welcome. www.wayswithwords.co.uk. Free (no ticket required), part of Ways With Words.

Sunday 5 July 2015 8pm - Keith James - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Having wowed audiences at the B-Bar recently with his Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake concerts Keith James returns with an evening of original music, performing in its entirety his brand new original album with 10 original songs (apart from Hiring Fair by Ralph McTell). Keith currently has a worrying heart condition. Proceeds from this concert and sales of the new album will be deposited separately in the event that Keith requires a surgical procedure. www.keith-james.com. £10.
www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking.

Sunday 5 July 2015 8pm - Barron Brady - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Ros Brady and Simon Barron: Soil Songs . . . and More. Top lyricists and superb musical duo. Acclaimed for their fresh acoustic style, articulate, sensitive songs and stylish performance tonight they launch a book of lyrics illustrated by Simon. His illustrations will form a backdrop to tonight’s entertainment.
"Beautiful music" Bob Harris, Radio 2. www.barronbrady.com. www.wayswithwords.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 9 July 2015 8.30pm - Stuart Cumberpatch and Robert Spence - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham
Brixham Blues Second Thursday BBT2 – 5 months down the line and still going strong. Stuart Cumberpatch plays vintage National steel guitars and Robert Spence acoustic guitar and harmonica; together they explore the more obscure realms of the authentic folk blues. Free admission, floor spots welcome. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com 01803 855256.

Thursday 9 July 2015 7.30pm - People and Land: Song sharing session - The Rusty Bike, Howell Rd, Exeter
Song sharing session on the land and land rights. Throughout history the land and peoples' relation to it has inspired songs about access to land, food and growing, enclosures, poaching, rambling, loss, emigration and homecoming. In this informal session, bring songs to share or come to listen and enjoy. Robin Grey will bring songs from his show Three Acres and a Cow, an alternative take on history through folk song. www.robingrey.com. Contact Gill Westcott gillwestcott@gmail.com, tel. 01647 24789.

Thursday 9 July 2015 8pm - Don Gallardo & Hannah Aldridge - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Very special double headline night with Nashville-based Americana/Folk singer-songwriter Don Gallardo, plus daughter of Muscle Shoals' royalty, Hannah Aldridge, with her own unique brand of "Dark Americana". £10.
www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking.

Friday 10 July 2015 - Robin Grey: Three Acres and a Cow - Methodist Church Hall, Totnes
A history of land rights and protest in folk song and story. www.robingrey.com. Contact Inez Aponte inez_aponte@hotmail.com.

Friday 10 July 2015 - Cardboard Fox featuring The Carrivick Sisters - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Cardboard Fox have their roots in bluegrass, but their collective influences reach much further. Twins Laura and Charlotte Carrivick return to Calstock Arts with their latest project, a new band fast gaining a reputation for their energetic live show and slick playing of mandolin (Joe Tozer), guitar (Charlotte Carrivick), fiddle (Laura Carrivick) and double bass (John Breese) combined with rich harmony singing. With a focus on original writing and re-imagined folk songs taken from a very different perspective, this band is not to be missed.
www.cardboardfox.co.uk. Details www.calstockarts.org.

10-12 July 2015 - The 1st South West American Old-time Music Gathering – Burrator Reservoir, Devon PL20 6PE
A whole weekend of old-time music, dance and good times! in the picturesque surroundings of Burrator Reservoir. Music sessions, workshops, Appalachian dance displays, bushcraft demonstrations, plus more... Saturday evening concert from members of the Gathering including Appaloosas and 44 Gun. Only a limited number of weekend camping tickets and Saturday-only day tickets available so advance booking is essential! No guarantee there will be tickets available on the day. See www.appaloosasmusic.com/oldtimegathering.html for further information and how to get tickets.

Saturday 11 July 2015 - Triple Bill: Maggie Duffy, Anne Darby, She - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
This months concert could be titled F.empower. It aims to showcase the richness and character that women bring to enrich our music, and features three acts from the South Devon area. See www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details of this event and all forthcoming 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

Sunday 12 July 2015 7.45pm - Vin Garbutt - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Surely one of the most complete performers on the scene, Vin's ability to move an audience in seconds from side-splitting laughter to tears of emotion is unrivalled. Poignant songs, highly skilled delivery and the occasional, dazzling whistle tune make for 100% entertainment. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 12 July 2015 7.15pm - Michael Chapman - Edgemoor Hotel, on Haytor road 1 mile from Bovey Tracey
South Devon Music presents an evening with the celebrated guitarist/singer/songwriter. Tickets £10 and info from phil.royal@btinternet.com or post cheques payable to P. Royal to Glendale, Newton Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9BB. Samples www.michaelchapman.co.uk/music.htm.

NEW Sunday 12 July 2015 6pm -  Music 4 Life - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
The Will Pound Band, Members of the Wren Band, and performances by the Wren Music 4 Life groups from Wynstream and Forches Primary Schools. This programme is the one where Wren specially targets children who may not have the chance without our projects to make music. The groups at Forches and Wynstream are funded by BBC Children in Need. David Faulkner, who helps run the programme, suggested that as well as the usual workshops we give these kids an extra special experience by booking a theatre and a top folk band so they can experience being part of a prestigious event, so this is the result. Tickets (+booking fee): £10, concs £7 students/U18s. Details www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/music-4-life.

NEW Friday 17 July 2015 7.30pm - Global Harmony & Viva - Ashburton Town Hall
Totnes and Exeter choirs led by Roz Walker, sing beautiful songs from around the world at their 'Summer Concert'. £5 on the door, refreshments. Proceeds go to British Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

NEW Saturday 18 July 2015 5-9pm - Barn Dance - Collaton Down Farm, Blackawton
In a real barn (!) on a farm near Dartmouth by kind permission of Phil and Gail Bond. Live band. Caller: Ken Hudson. First family barn dance run by the United Benefice of Dartmouth and Dittisham. Barn and eating area are under cover so there will be fun whatever the weather. All proceeds will be donated to the Southford Schoolrooms Restoration Project. Lamb roast as well as BBQ food for the children, liquid refreshments, children’s entertainment. Admission by ticket only (including food) £9.50 adult, £3 child, U3 free, available until Sunday 12th July from Fr Will on 01803 414767 or Fr Nick on 01803 839162. Fr Will or Fr Nick.

NEW Thursday 23 July 2015 7.30pm - Mick Ryan & Paul Downes - Brixham Folk Club, Brixham Theatre TQ5 8TA (map)
Support: "Missin' Tackle", the new Brixham-based shantymen, accompanied by Steve Gill. Mick and Paul have been playing together for several years during which time they have made three very well-received albums. Mick's most recent folk opera 'A Day's Work', revived for the WW1 centenary, has been widely acclaimed. They have rapidly built a reputation for the very highest quality singing and playing of Mick's own songs and traditional material. Mick & Paul epitomise singing, music and entertainment of the very highest quality. Tickets £8 door or call 01803 858394 to reserve. In the bar. Seating limited to 50. Full details www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/events/2015/jul-23/mick-ryan-paul-downes.

NEW Thursday 13 August 2015 - Jane Taylor Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Returning by popular demand, Jane last performed at the Mill in 2012 and captured our hearts. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris, Somerset-based Jane is no ordinary singer-songwriter. Her sharp, witty lyrics are delivered in a sultry folk voice that has an intangible magic, soul and passion that somehow connects the audience with every word. Critically acclaimed, she has supported Jools Holland, Bill Wyman, and Paulo Nutini, and won Best Singer Songwriter Album for "Compass" in the Independent Music Awards. Expect "classic, timeless songwriting" from "a quintessentially English Gem" (Time Out). Jane is joined at the Mill by the three members of her multi-instrumental band. www.janetaylor.co.uk. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

NEW Rachel's - Updated East Devon Gig Guide for July
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

New Rope String Band Farewell Tour in Devon July 16/17/18
After 25 years of mirth-making and music, just in case you'd missed the news, NRSB are retiring at Halloween 2015! www.newropestringband.co.uk
New Rope String Band are totally nutty and fantastically funny to see, their rapport with the audience and their banter with each other only enhance the musicianship of these playful performers. Pete Challoner on fiddle & banjo, Tim Dalling plays accordion, double bass & trumpet, and Jock Tylderley on fiddle and flip flop! A skilfully preposterous blend of musical recital and circus antics. The last three opportunities to see them in Devon are as follows:
Thursday 16 July - Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth (map)
An Exmouth Festival event. Tickets £14+ from www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-rope-string-band-farewell-tour-tickets-16399005868.
Friday 17 July 7pm - Stockland Victory Hall, NE of Honiton EX14 9EF (map)
Bring all the family and everyone you know! Sausage sizzle at 6pm and Bar. Tickets £10 adult, £5 child, £25 family, from Wendy on 01404 881207.
Saturday 18 July 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
A Harberton Cricket Club fundraiser, supported by Harberton Folk. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. Call Barry on 01803 845251 or email nrsb@harbertonfolk.co.uk to book tickets. More ticketing options for Harberton on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

Coming up at World Unlimited / St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information about World Unlimited, a voluntary not-for-profit organisation. Tel. 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. Originally based in Birmingham, WU now regularly promotes concerts in South Devon. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available. Here's the current programme:
Saturday 25 July - Kelly Oliver
Sunday 2 August - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
Tuesday 11 August - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Saturday 29 August - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
Sunday 6 September - Tallulah Rendall
Tuesday 15 September - Land Of The Giants
Friday 18 September - John Hegley – New & Old Potatoes
Saturday 26 September - Kris Drever & Ian Carr
Saturday 10 October - Jackie Oates
Saturday 17 October - Songdog + Nibs van de Spuy
Sunday 25 October - Jon Gomm

Coming up at the B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Full details www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
Thursday 2 July - Andy Quick
Sunday 5 July - Keith James

Thursday 9 July - Don Gallardo & Hannah Aldridge
Thursday 16 July - Alex Hart
Thursday 23 July - Theo Bard
Friday 31 July - deMalebysse

Coming up at Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Four upcoming 2015 dates recently announced. See www.calstockhall.com for details, or 01726 879500 for all tickets:
Sunday 30 August - Wizz Jones and Steve Tilston
Saturday 10 October - Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer
Friday 6 November - Sam Lee
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson

Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
[Ed.: Perhaps of particular interest below is the involvement of Harberton Folk favourite Kathryn Tickell who is giving a course and performing a public concert on 9 August.]
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sunday 28 June Midday to Midnight - Moretonhampstead Music Day - The Horse and St Andrews Parish Church
Sunday 28 June - Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street
Sunday 28 June - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter
Friday 3 July - Charity Ceilidh with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Richard Newton Hall, Higher Buckeridge Rd, Teignmouth
Friday 3 July - Wizz Jones - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay
Friday 3 July - Klezmer Ceilidh with Kevara - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
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18/6/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 18 June 2015
It's that time of year, fortunately for me (in a rush again!), when things go a bit quiet on the new event front, so most of what I'm including below are simply all the Diary events for the next 2 weeks, plus a summary of upcoming local festivals - Teignmouth FF this weekend - no 'More in brief' this time. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

***** Only 4 weeks to go - Book now *****
Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band -
Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Musical comedy just doesn't get any better than this. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it's a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance! Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. See www.harbertonfolk.co.uk for full ticketing details. www.newropestringband.co.uk
***** New Rope String Band will retire at Halloween in 2015! *****

Sunday 28 June 2015 Midday to Midnight - Moretonhampstead Music Day - The Horse and St Andrews Parish Church
Moretonhampstead’s annual day of music sees 38 acts lined up for 12 hours of wonderful music on 3 stages. All genres of music are catered for from electric rock to classical but this year sees a strong Folk line up including - Wildwood Kin, Mudskippers, DeMalebysse, Tony Bayliss, Hazaar, Kesseni, Phoenix Ceilidh Band, Alex Kumar. Incredibly this event is all FREE entry but we will be fundraising on behalf of MS Society. See www.facebook.com/MoretonMusicDay for details. Click here to download the full programme as a PDF file.

Sunday 28 June 2015 7.45pm - Joe Topping - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Described as a cross between Ry Cooder, Woody Guthrie and Paul Brady, Joe has developed his own unique bottleneck guitar style, which he employs in many of his original songs, and has a voice that can move from velvet soft to steely and powerful. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 28 June 2015 - Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia”, Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. ‘The finest and most original singer-songwriter to have emerged from the British folk scene since Richard Thompson’ The Guardian. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/chris-wood. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 28 June 2015 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Bookings, more info www.wegottickets.com/event/311390.

Sold out Thursday 2 July 2015 - Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return from UK Blues legend Paul and duo partner Chad. Paul has won countless awards, sold record-breaking numbers of albums, and performed the world over with longstanding musical compatriots The King Snakes. Inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame (alongside the likes of John Mayall and Alexis Korner), Paul is renowned globally for his infectious brand of music. Recognised as one of the best blues singers in Europe, Chad brings to his vocals and guitar playing a captivating mix of blues, soul, rockabilly and more. www.paullamb.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 3 July 2015 7.30pm - Charity Ceilidh with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Richard Newton Hall, Higher Buckeridge Rd, Teignmouth TQ14 8QP
Bar and light food available plus a raffle. Free car park and on-street parking nearby. Tickets £7 adv from John 07891 299928 and from Teignmouth Rowcroft Shop, or £8 door

Friday 3 July 2015 8pm - Wizz Jones - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
A true legend of British folk/blues, John Renbourn, Eric Clapton and Keith Richard have all named Wizz as an important early influence. After more than 50 years on the road, Wizz continues to amaze with his unique guitar style, eclectic repertoire and “right hand worthy of Broonzy”. With a background in folk, acoustic blues & bluegrass, Wizz encompasses all of these elements into his live act, together with some lovely self-penned material and more. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 328290. £12 door.

UPDATED Friday 3 July 2015 8pm - Klezmer Ceilidh with Kevara - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Caller Pam Hayes. Singer Ami Lee. BYO refreshments. Entry £7.50/£6.50.

UPDATED 10-12 July 2015 - The 1st South West American Old-time Music Gathering – Burrator Reservoir, Devon PL20 6PE
A whole weekend of old-time music, dance and good times! in the picturesque surroundings of Burrator Reservoir. Music sessions, workshops, Appalachian dance displays, bushcraft demonstrations, plus more... Saturday evening concert from members of the Gathering including Appaloosas and 44 Gun. Only a limited number of weekend camping tickets and Saturday-only day tickets available so advance booking is essential! No guarantee there will be tickets available on the day. See www.appaloosasmusic.com/oldtimegathering.html for further information and how to get tickets.

NEW Otterton Mill (nr Budleigh Salterton) - Summer Season Music Night Listings
The venue has recently announced its summer season courtyard concerts: 30/7 Dana Gillespie Quartet; 6/8 Hucklebuck featuring Ian Jennings & Ian Briggs; 13/8 Jane Taylor Band; 20/8 Tipitina. For full details see www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

NEW Session updates - Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL
According to Tony Watts'  latest email circular associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com, the following now applies (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064):
Open mic: First Friday or Saturday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third & fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.

***** Festival roundup*****
Saturday 4 July 2015 - South Brent Folk Day - Evening concert with Hattie Briggs Trio, Steve Turner and The Claque
Singing, music, morris and clog dancing, afternoon Americana concert including Skylark and Appaloosas; Workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment, Hammer Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer; Appalachian Dance), throughout the day in the Old School Centre. Poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20 June.
Evening: Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with: Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. www.hattiebriggs.co.uk. Steve Turner is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. www.steve-turner.co.uk. The Claque (Dave Lowry, Sean O'Shea, Tom Addison, Barry Lister) have four voices of depth and maturity blended to give warmth and harmony to the English tradition. Distilled from legendary groups of old, they formed as a group together in 2006 having known each other for the best part of forty years. They also combine to run the Exeter and Sidmouth folk clubs.Reel Ale Bar; Doors 7pm; tickets £10 adv by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email southbrentfolk@gmail.com), £12 door. Further details to be announced . One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

17/18 July 2015 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre line-up includes Seth Lakeman, Mad Dog Mcrea, Martha Tilston, Police Dog Hogan, Rusty Shackle, Roving Crows. www.chagstock.info. The festival has sold out the last 3 years.

31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Full details www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

7-9 August 2015 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies; Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin; Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; Alistair Anderson; Jeff Warner (USA), and his Jig Doll!; The Dovetail Trio; The Liam Robinson Dance Band; The Kestor Stringband; Johnny Handle; Dartmoor Pixie Band; Ramsley Minors; Tony Beard, the Wag from Widecombe; Entertainingly Different; plus more tbc. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

Sold out 21-23 August 2015 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park, Devon
www.beautifuldays.org
***** End of festival feature *****

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Harberton Folk Circular - Thursday 11 June 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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Done in haste today to at least get something out with the New events and some Updates before all the local shanty crews head down to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival this weekend - see www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk - over 50 groups in total, at numerous venues. A fantastic atmosphere. All proceeds to the RNLI. All other local events, previously listed below in detail, can be found as always in the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk. One-liners for the next two weeks appear in 'More in brief' below.

NEW Saturday 4 July 2015 7.30pm - Rosa Rebecka: Travels with My Grandmothers' Guitar - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Swedish singer/songwriter, storyteller, folk performer and multi-instrumentalist Rosa Rebecka alternates her own intimate songs with heartrending Swedish pieces. This show features her hundred-year-old guitar, as heard on Radio 4, which has been passed from mother to daughter for four generations. In the concert, the story of the guitar and its owners are brought to life, as the dramatic tales of four very different women are told through songs of the past and present. £8 (£9 on the door). Tickets: 01803 394113/07880 548290. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk.

UPDATED - Change of venue
Thursday 9 July 2015 7.30pm - People and Land: Song sharing session - The Rusty Bike, Howell Rd, Exeter
Song sharing session on the land and land rights. Throughout history the land and peoples' relation to it has inspired songs about access to land, food and growing, enclosures, poaching, rambling, loss, emigration and homecoming. In this informal session, bring songs to share or come to listen and enjoy. Robin Grey will bring songs from his show Three Acres and a Cow, an alternative take on history through folk song. www.robingrey.com. Contact Gill Westcott gillwestcott@gmail.com, tel. 01647 24789.

Sold out Saturday 3 October 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin 3rd Album Launch - Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter EX6 7QQ
Phillip and Hannah are launching their third studio album, Watershed, with the full Watershed band, at a stunning venue in the Haldon Hills. Come and join us at Embercombe's lovely Centre Fire barn for an evening of song, celebration, and good ale! www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/event/316353.

More in brief - Everything else from the Diary, not listed as New or Updated above - Full Diary listings for all below events are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Saturday 4 July - South Brent Folk Day www.southbrentfolk.org.uk
17/18 July - Chagstock Festival - Chagford www.chagstock.info
31 July to 7 August - Sidmouth Folk Week www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk
7-9 August - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

***** We'd hate you to miss this last opportunity to see... *****
Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band -
Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Musical comedy just doesn't get any better than this. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it's a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance! Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. See www.harbertonfolk.co.uk for full ticketing details. www.newropestringband.co.uk
***** New Rope String Band will retire at Halloween in 2015! *****

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Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
[Ed.: Perhaps of particular interest below is the involvement of Harberton Folk favourite Kathryn Tickell who is giving a course and performing a public concert on 9 August.]
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

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LIVE MUSIC ACT EXTENSION BRINGS INTO EFFECT
INCREASE IN AUDIENCE FOR UNLICENSED VENUES
The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

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Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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***** Final reminder - Tickets available on the door *****
Saturday 7 March 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers,  the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. A Villages In Action event www.villagesinaction.co.uk. Tickets £10/£8. Contact Barry Goldsmith on 01803 845251 for information. Licensed real ale bar, provided by the Bay Horse Inn Totnes.
***** A Harberton Cricket Club  promotion supported by Harberton Folk *****